Binghamton-area educator George Phillips announced today he will run for Congress again.
He was narrowly defeated in a 2010 challenge to former Rep. Maurice Hinchey in the old 22nd District, which was redrawn in 2012, and unsuccessfully sought the nomination for the newly redrawn district in 2016, losing in the Republican primary to eventual winner Claudia Tenney of New Hartford.
The seat is held by Democrat Anthony Brindisi, a former Assemblyman from Utica who narrowly defeated Tenney in November. The district, which includes all of Oneida and Madison counties and extends from Oswego County to greater Binghamton, has more registered Republicans than Democrats and supported Donald Trump for president in 2016.
Phillips has taught history, government, economics and other courses and is a former dean of students at Seton Catholic Central High School and adjunct professor at Broome Community College in Binghamton. He also taught in inner-city Washington, D.C. public schools and a maximum-security youth detention facility near Ithaca, according to his campaign website.
Phillips was a regional director for Reclaim New York, which works against taxes in New York state. In his campaign announcement, he said he plans an event with Steve Moore, a Trump economic advisor, and praised the 2017 tax reform plan passed by Congress.